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Girl With A Pounamu

Original painting Sold, oil on canvas, 1300 x 1300mm, 2007

Limited edition print available - scroll down and click 'add to cart'

There is an air of mystery surrounding Johannes Vermeer’s masterpiece “Girl With a Pearl Earring” (c.1665). Perhaps not intending to create a conventional portrait, Vermeer may have wanted to capture a simple moment in which the girl in the painting turns her head towards someone whom she has just noticed. Significantly, the identity of the young girl remains uncertain to this day. Inspired by this historical work, Sofia’s “Girl With a Pounamu” responds with a sense of delicacy, intrigue and innocence. Searching her own questions about ancestry, culture and identity, the artist presents a simple portrait of a young Maori girl. There is a freshness of spirit in child's bright eyes, yet this is contrasted with the very traditional nature of her korowai (cloak), her pounamu earrings and the Huia feathers in her hair. The composition of the work emulates Vermeer’s 17th century portrait, illustrating that a larger global history of art and civilization is part of Sofia’s consciousness. Valuable influences from European art and Maori culture are all present in this contemporary exploration of portraiture.

Limited Edition Print

Limited edition of 75 prints available on matte paper of museum archival quality. Image size is 630 x 630mm and is surrounded by an unprinted white border. All prints are proofed by the artist before she signs, titles, dates and numbers them. Shipping is FREE within NZ and $35 everywhere else (prices are NZD). Unframed print arrives sealed in protective tube or sleeve.

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